Mak Chi-hang and his younger brother Mak Chi-shing refused to
close their air conditioner repair shop or turn down loud music
in October when the crew was about to start shooting a scene for
the science fiction movie.
A member of the crew had approached the brothers the day before
and they had agreed to compensation of HK$1,000 ($129), the
district court heard. But on the day of filming, the younger
brother demanded HK$100,000 ($12,900).
When the crew refused, an argument ensued, scuffles broke out
and the younger Mak elbowed a police officer. Bay sustained
minor injuries to his face but did not seek treatment or press
The court found the younger Mak guilty of attempted blackmail
and assaulting a police officer. The older brother was found
guilty of resisting police officers.
Their lawyer said the two men grew up in harsh family conditions
and the younger brother had slit his wrist at one point in a
suspected suicide attempt. But the prosecutor said the case had
attracted a great deal of media attention and affected Hong
(Reporting By Venus Wu; Editing by
John O'Callaghan and Ron Popeski)
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